``Divine Sovereignty and the Freedom of the Will"

Faith and Philosophy 12 (4):582-598 (1995)

Abstract

Libertarian treatments of free will face the objection that an uncaused human decision would lack full explanation, and hence violate the principle of sufficient reason. It is argued that this difficulty can be overcome if God, as creator, wills that I decide as I do, since my decision could then be explained in terms of his will, which must be for the best. It is further argued that this view does not make God the author of evil in any damaging sense. Neither does it impugn my freedom. God’s creative activity does not put in place any secondary causes that determine my decision; and his will does not stand as an independent determining condition either, since it is fully expressed in my decision alone

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Hugh J. McCann
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Divine Sovereignty and the Freedom of the Will.Hugh J. Mccann - 1995 - Faith and Philosophy 12 (4):582-598.

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